Prowers Lodging Panel Waiting on State Funds

Prowers Lodging Tax Panel members approved portions of two funding requests and tabled two others during their monthly meeting, Tuesday, April 19. Voces Unidas and the Prowers County Historical Society received $500 each from the panel. Voces Unidas requested funding for the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration and a new event, caged fighting, titled ‘Cinco de Mayhem’ in Lamar on May 7. Cinco de Mayo will be held at the North Side Park and the fighting competition will be held that evening at the community building. The Historical Society requested $4,900 to showcase the grand opening of the Big Timbers Transportation Museum, scheduled for June 25.

The Panel’s statutes limit the areas in which event funding is allowed, specifically capital investments such as tangible commodities are not allowed. The majority of funding is allocated on marketing and promotions, as well as contracts for some forms of entertainment events.

The panel tabled for future consideration, a race at the Prowers County Motorsports Park and the annual LCC Antelope Stampede Rodeo. Normally, these events could be funded, but panel president, Pat Palmer said like any bank account, the panel cannot spend what it does not have in the bank. Palmer said, “We’re still waiting for the tax funds from the fourth quarter of 2010 to be sent to us from the state.” Palmer was referring to the panel’s funds, generated by a 2% sales tax on motels and hotels in Prowers County. Funding is collected locally every quarter and sent to the state treasurer, who in turn, mails a check to the county for panel funding. Palmer said, “We always have a time lag, but not this late. We’re not sure, but it could be attributable to the recession Colorado is experiencing.” County commissioners Joe Marble and Henry Schnabel attended Tuesdays meeting and said they would find out exactly which agency cuts the check for the panel, and get an explanation on the current delay. On average, the panel usually receives $55,000 to $65,000 a year to help market tourism events in Prowers County. Palmer said the panel has funding to cover May events, but needs to see the last quarter of 2010 and first quarter of 2011 for any future funding.

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